RHONY Carole Radziwill banged Ralph Fiennes as well as George Clooney


As far as Real Housewives go, I guess Carole Radziwill isn’t so bad. She had a legit job in media/journalism, she was married to Lee Radziwill’s son Anthony (JFK Jr’s cousin) and she’s written a couple of bestsellers after Anthony passed away from cancer (just weeks before after JFK Jr and Carolyn Bessette perished in that plane crash). Carole and her fellow Real Housewives already revealed that she dated George Clooney for a bit, probably in the early to mid aughts. Now Carole has revealed that she had some sort of thing with Ralph Fiennes as well. GURL, don’t joke about that.

Add a second handsome Oscar winner to Carole Radziwill’s little black book! The Real Housewives of New York City star — who famously dated George Clooney — also had a summer romance with English actor Ralph Fiennes. On the July 8 episode of the hit Bravo reality show, the author hinted that a passage in her new book, The Widow’s Guide to Sex and Dating, was inspired by her real-life romance with The Grand Budapest Hotel actor.

“It was long ago and far away … over a summer I was living in London,” Radziwill, still striking at 50, tells Us Weekly exclusively of her time with Fiennes. While sending out early copies of her novel on Tuesday’s episode, the Bravo star briefly mentioned a scene in the book which the actor would clearly recognize as a time they had together, “[But] our relationship was not the basis for a storyline in my novel,” she tells Us. “But like most fiction, stories are a pinch of the writer’s experience and a part their imagination.”

The widow of Anthony Radziwill, whose aunt was Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, tells Us the scene in her book alluding to Fiennes recounts a time when she met up with the Skyfall actor at a local bookstore.

“I hadn’t seen Ralph for some time and heard he was in town,” she recounts to Us. “I left a note at his hotel. It was a copy of a note that Sam Beckett had once written to a friend. I knew Ralph would get the reference. He’s very intelligent, you know. That note and the subsequent meeting at the bookstore was loosely detailed toward the end of the book. I’m afraid that is all I will say. Wink.”

“I’d forgotten I had used his full name in the show,” the slender brunette concludes to Us, “I saw him a few months ago and he said the book was on his bedside table…He’s an insatiable reader.”

[From Us Weekly]

Considering Ralph rarely (if ever) says anything about his romantic life, I’m guessing he won’t bother to confirm or deny this either way. Which means Carole gets to say whatever she wants about him. Maybe they did have a fling. Maybe he doesn’t even remember her. Maybe she’s just promoting a book. Maybe she’s a famewhore. I have no idea. But if I banged Ralph (especially back in the 1990s, when he was so beautiful it caused me physical pain), I would be shouting it from the rooftops.



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  1. Kate2 says:

    Yikes. If this is true I think this days more about George and Ralph than it does about her.

  2. Francis says:

    Gawwwd I love Ralph Fiennes.
    Boy, George Clooney got around!
    I remember reading about her when she lost her husband,her friend Caroline Bessette and her cousin in law JohnFK Jr. Very sad.
    I wish she had not done housewives show,she had a good journalism career.
    George probably can’t shut her up, because she probably didn’t sign one of his confidentiality agreements.

  3. Moira says:

    Isnt Fiennes the slutty one who has anonymous sex in aeroplane toilets? You tap that, girl!

    • Chris says:

      In his defense he only did it because he could.

    • doofus says:

      yes, he is.

      and that ruined his hotness for me. not because it was random sex (my opinion is if you want to and no one’s getting hurt, go for it) but because it was A)in a bathroom on a plane and B)no protection was used. (so the flight attendant says)

      and if he was willing to have unprotected sex with a person he just met and has no idea of her sexual history?…gross.

      • kri says:

        Whoa, wait, WHAT?? And here I thought he was one of those sensitive, quiet, toff actors that only had sex with Downton Abbey actresses! I am so out of the loop on his adventure dong.

    • mercy says:

      Yeah…on his way to an AIDS conference, no less. He was going through a rough patch (father died, end of a long term relationship), but that’s no excuse. But it was awhile ago and he seems to have settled down since then.

    • We Are All Made of Stars says:

      Yup, that was him! On his way to India to serve as an AIDS prevention ambassador. Yes, you read that correctly!

    • Madi says:

      What??? La la la la la *I have my fingers in my ears and am not listening* Not my gorgeous Count, he wouldn’t do such a thing, he is too busy feeling my pulse in my neck

    • A.Key says:

      Yes that’s him, but that’s very hot to me. I like that type of abandon, passion and impulsiveness that Fiennes really displays in his work and life.
      What is not hot is how he publicly cheated on his wife, Alex Kingston, with his Hamlet co-star, Francesca Annis, and then subsequently left his lovely wife and effed her up real bad. He then left Annis for another piece of a** years on. He’s very sexy and seductive, but he’s also a selfish prick.

      • mercy says:

        Ralph’s Hamlet was the first production I saw on Broadway. His intense chemistry with Francesca was palpable to even my pre-teen self. I thought they made a hot couple, but I felt so bad for Alex when I read what happened (she didn’t shy away from the subject at all in interviews.) “He came in all bright and breezy and said he was in love with Francesca Annis.” But they were drama school sweethearts and Alex said he never wanted kids like she did. She went on to star in ER and have a family with a German photojournalist. Francesca got cheated on by Ralph with some air tart after a living with him for many years and I haven’t heard much about her since.

      • A.Key says:

        Wow, I’m super jealous you got to see that live!! 🙂 I guess Alex actually has a better life now and was lucky to escape the train-wreck that is Ralph Fiennes. I’m sure he’s a glorious lay and smart and interesting, but seriously, his life choices have proven him to be a glorious douchebag. He’s extremely talented and has that intangible but overwhelming sex-appeal going for him, so he gets away with it. I’ve recently seen the Grand Budapest Hotel and he was amazing in it, so… It’s not like his career or life in general got hurt by all the cheating and heartbreak he leaves around.
        Interesting though, compared to him, Kristen Stewart is a saintly nun, but most people hate her a lot more than him.

      • Malak says:

        Yes, he is very attractive. Can’t wait to see the next Bond movie. He is the new M.

      • Maria of MD says:

        Here’s a little factoid about that production of Hamlet: Damian Lewis was in it.

  4. Talie says:

    She’s a major name-dropper on the show, but in her defense, she is legit. I mean, she knows these people for real.

    I read her memoir a few months ago. it was very intense and moving… I highly recommend.

    • joan says:

      You probably name drop your cousin and your friend and your coworker — we just don’t know who they are.

      She’s talking about people she actually knew and some she loved, so let’s give her a break here, OK?

    • Exactly why I am so disappointed in her for doing Real Housewives. No matter how credentialed or intelligent, that franchise will de-legitimise you for sure. Pity

  5. paola says:

    Oh poor George.. all this effort in trying to rebuild his image for a chair at the Senate while all these beards try to ruin his hard work!

    • Francis says:

      …and the thing about this one,she loves to name drop and talk. George will have to get his notebook and letter writing pad out again.
      I bought her book after her husband and John& Caroline’s death and she’s a good writer, even though she does name drop. I found her sympathetic and likable, but I haven’t seen her on any of the housewives shows. I don’t watch them anymore.

  6. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    She must have been better looking back in the day.

    • TG says:

      Yep. I figure Feines is ugly and she is ugly so it makes sense that they would get together. Not sure what you guys see in him. He is gross looking and that top pic you can see his thinning hair and strange eyes.

      • mercy says:

        He’s a talented actor and he has expressive eyes that convey a warmth and intelligence in person. Thinning hair, eh…he doesn’t seem to care. In a business so focused on appearances, that takes some guts.

    • Frida_K says:

      Yes. This right here.

      …bless her heart.

    • Francis says:

      She was a bit softer looking, and tried to copy Bessette , Johns wife during those years, IMO ….but she always has had a bit of a worked on look since I’ve seen her on tv in the 90’s ,anyway.

    • mercy says:

      Maybe the men weren’t only interested in looks. 😉

    • Talie says:

      I think she had some bad fillers or surgery because she has that melted look sometimes.

  7. Neelyo says:

    I haven’t watched the show since the last season she was on, but her nose looks very different. But that can’t be surgery, no one goes to make their nose bigger.

    • mercy says:

      Probably doesn’t photograph well. Noses can be tricky things, hence all the refinements in Hollywood. Sometimes adjusting a downturned nose makes appear wider from the front.

  8. lisa says:

    im not a fan of kissing and telling

  9. Norman Bates' Mother says:

    I believe her. As much a I like Ralph, guy has incredibly low standards in terms of hook-ups. He would sleep with any woman. Have you seen the infamous stewardess? He’s a wonderful actor, seems like a really nice guy and his co-workers and fans who met him, are always praising him for being such a polite and friendly person but his sex-life is a mess. He could at least choose women who won’t blabber about every little detail in media but he probably doesn’t really care.

    • yennefer says:

      Yep. One of the ugliest women I’ve ever seen, for real.
      Check out his other hookup, the woman he cheated with on Francesca Annis. Not so great looking either. I’d say that Carole is the prettiest of them all.

      • We Are All Made of Stars says:

        Are you two actually serious? She looks like a perfectly normal person to me.

      • Norman Bates' Mother says:

        I didn’t mean that the low standards thing is about the looks. It’s the whole package – women he is caught heaving afairs with (his type I guess) are usually really low-class. The model he cheated on Annis with is a total airhead. Radziwill is a reality star who wrote a book about who she slept with which speaks for itself. Then there was that one ex-girlfriend who went to tabloids to “confess” what kind of kinky sex Ralph Fiennes likes and what did she have to do for him. Who does that? The stewardess is an extreme example because she decided to go public with a story that put her in an even worse light than him (she was at work after all) and than tried to become famous as the one who once had a bathroom sex with an actor. She failed miserably and only got herself in the papers again after she assaulted three policemen. Really classy that one. That’s why I mention her looks. If she doesn’t have much to offer in any other area, she should at least look like Doutzen Kroes and not like a tired middle-aged woman who likes to tan, smokes and drinks to much. That would maybe explain why he had sex with her in a filthy bathroom and didn’t even bother to wear a condom. Ok – nothing explains that – but he could try to rationalize it by saying he couldn’t contain himself like some women when they see Jason Momoa.

      • A.Key says:

        Well he cheated on his wife with Francesca Annis, so I don’t feel bad for her at all.

  10. Hello says:

    I watch RHONY and Carole Radziwill is a total name dropper who tries to act otherwise, I like her on the show and she is a highly accomplished woman professionally herself but I must admit she is very physically unattractive to the point of questioning how all these very hight profile good looking men were attracted to her looks, especially when she brags about it this much. The funny thing is in the show they have shown quite a lot of photos when she was younger and she looks way better now then she did in her younger days, which does not say a lot.

    • We Are All Made of Stars says:

      Nah. Look at her roundabout 30 years old when she either had a nice makeover or surgery or whatever. She was never a model, but certainly put together and nice looking. It’s amazing how much good hair, makeup, and photography can do for a person.

    • The Original G says:

      Wow. Ever heard of being smart and interesting?

  11. HappyMom says:

    Why in the world is she on this show? Ugh.

  12. Micki says:

    “…she dated George Clooney for a bit”
    Anyone who hasn’t yet “dated Clooney for a bit”, please step up!

    I don’t like her way of name dropping.

  13. aenflex says:

    So she’s a house-widow then? Blah, all those shows are so stupid.
    However, I give her some props for banging Fiennes. He is just plain sexy.

  14. Kyle Randall says:

    Not really relevant to the story, but I’m pretty sure Anthony Radziwill passed away shortly after John and Carolyn, not before.

    • Christin says:

      Photos from the sea burial showed Anthony seated on the boat. I think he passed away two or three weeks after the funeral. I do think he and John were very close.

      • bcgirl says:

        Anthony was his best man. Carole tells such a moving story about John comforting Anthony in the hospital when they thought he was about to die, in her book.
        The book is worth reading just for that beautiful story.
        and then John died first. heartbreaking still.

      • Francis says:

        John and Anthony were extremely close.

  15. Jaderu says:

    Wait til the Ministry of Magic hears about this. Loose lips sink ships, sister.

  16. Putchka says:

    Carole is not “pretty” in the classic sense. But she is smart & witty which elevates her attractiveness. She knows plenty of famous people and mentions their names. So what? I admired her until she did that stupid waxing thing that all those stupid housewives do. Riveting TV, surprised she sunk to that level…

    • We Are All Made of Stars says:

      Yeah, and then she wrote a book about…her experiences on the Real Housewives. Really disappointed to hear how far she’s declined. I guess she was no different than the rest of them to start with.

      • mayamae says:

        I can’t believe I’m about to defend Carole – she really grates. I don’t think Carole has written about the show, or even who she slept with. Her first book is a memoir about her husband dying, and the second is fiction. I’ve not yet read her memoir, but I’ve heard she doesn’t really name drop. For instance, she refers to their friends Mike and Diane. Mike and Diane turn out to be Mike Nichols and Diane Sawyer.

        Carole is by no means conventionally attractive – her profile looks like she has a huge upper denture plate in her mouth, but forgot her bottom plate, so her chin is recessed. But the cool thing is this – Carole thinks she’s hot. She acts like she’s hot, and men seem to respond in kind. She’s confident, funny, successful, and seems to now be almost a commitment phobe – so no strings sex.

    • buckley says:

      Also, what she says on the show’s intro:
      “If you’re going to talk about me behind my back, at least check out my great ass”


  17. Diana says:

    You know I enjoyed her memoir and would be interested in reading her latest book. But Jesus joining the cast of Real Housewives and this name dropping. Kind of tacky.

  18. anne_000 says:

    Did she look different when she was younger? Is that how it happened?

  19. bvgm says:

    I’ll do Ralph Fiennes anyday of the week. My eternal man-crush

  20. Liz says:

    I’m not surprised Carole is on a reality show. She was once on Oprah. She talked about JFK Jr, Caroline and Anthony. She gave the impression that she liked to name drop about people or events the public was interested in. I didn’t like that about her. It was clear she was discussing personal details about Caroline and JFK Jr that they would not have appreciated no matter how positive the comments were. She looked worn out and tired then too.

    • anne says:

      Gosh, I’m surprised by it, but only because I first became aware of her when she was promoting her memoir about the loss of those three loves in her life. She seemed genuine and dignified in the way she shared what must have been a powerful period of loss. I expected her to be as private as the company she kept. I was so surprised to read she was cast on RH and am a little confused by her name dropping and self promotion. does that strike anyone else as . . . low? maybe she’s just having fun and I should back off. she does seem to have enjoyed herself 🙂

      • hmmm says:

        The ep I saw her in showed her raising her legs for a bikini whatever wax. So much for dignity.

  21. Sarre says:

    My Ralph , I’m sooo jealous! I think he is the sexiest man EVER!!!!

  22. Dinah says:

    What? What the fuu?? How??? How can this be????

  23. Sara says:

    When she talks on the show, all I can see are teeth! They are huge!

  24. JoJo says:

    She attracts men because she has that skinny look that I think a lot of men do like, but she is also accomplished. I agree with someone above who said she thinks she’s hot, and this is true – she has an air of calm, self-confidence. All of these things override the fact that she’s not beautiful or traditionally pretty. But I watch the Real Housewives, and I have to say, she has seriously screwed with her face this season. I think she looks terrible – way too many fillers and Botox – it has changed her face in a bad way. Combined with the extreme overbite, it’s not a good look.

    • hmmm says:

      She attracts men because she is a confident, intense flirt. IMO, she’s an opportunist, just savvier and classier seeming than most. Bottom line- she has a giant, rapacious maw overlayed with wit/irony.

  25. lisa says:

    the space betw her mouth and nose looks really strange like it was reconstructed after an accident

  26. Grumpycat says:

    I’ve been obsessed with Ralph Fiennes from the 90s lately. That man… The things I would do…

  27. Luna says:

    I’ve always had a soft spot for Ralph Fiennes after The English Patient. Damn, dude was MEGA HOT in that film!!!!!!!!! But he doesn’t seem to age gracefully, though he does have a very diverse career so far.